The 2020 Census is in full swing, but only 38.4% of American households have responded!
While Illinois has a slightly higher response rate than the current national average, less than half Illinois households have responded to the 2020 Census! But there is still time to respond!
The 2020 Census marks the first Census with an online response option, so you can respond from home and maintain social distancing!
At some point over the last few weeks, you most likely received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census (It probably looked something like this.) Your invitation will have complete information about ways to respond to the Census remotely (online, by phone, or by mail).
If you did not receive the first invitation, keep an eye out in April; the Census Bureau will follow up with households that have not yet responded.
It is especially important to respond to the invitation as soon as possible because of the current Covid19 crisis. At some point, Census workers will have to seek out household that have not responded to their 2020 Census invitations. Given current and projected social distancing guidelines, this is not ideal for households or for Census workers.
So, keep an eye out for you 2020 Census invitation and respond remotely! The 2020 Census will determine the distribution of federal funds to Illinois for the next decade, affecting health care, education, infrastructure, and more!